Guelph, ON – Guelph Storm General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced today that Associate Coach Jake Grimes will be moving on, having accepted a role as Head Coach with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
“Jake has been a very important part of our team’s success here in Guelph. He has provided me trusted and committed support throughout our 13 seasons together in Belleville and Guelph,” Burnett said. “I am very happy for Jake (and his family) to have earned this new head coaching opportunity and challenge.”
Grimes originally joined the Storm prior to the 2017-18 season and spent two seasons as Associate Coach with the club. This past season, he helped lead the Storm to an OHL Championship title and an appearance in the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia. During his two seasons with the Storm, the team compiled a record of 70-47-11-8.
“I am extremely proud and fortunate to be able to return to my home province of Nova Scotia as the head coach of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles,” Grimes, a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native, offered. “I would like to thank every player, coach, manager, owner, and trainer I have worked with along the way. In particular, the Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls, and Peterborough Petes organizations all helped prepare me for this opportunity.”
“I would also like to thank George Burnett for adding to my development for 13 strong years, and last but not least, I cannot thank my family enough for supporting me through life… and now this great opportunity,” Grimes concluded.
Prior to joining the Storm, Grimes spent two seasons as Assistant Coach with the Peterborough Petes, highlighted by the team’s 2016-17 season which included an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final. He also spent 11 years as an Assistant Coach with the Belleville Bulls. During his time in Belleville, Grimes helped engineer a Memorial Cup berth in 2008, four East Division titles, four trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, and nine playoff appearances.
The Guelph Storm Hockey Club would like to thank Jake for his dedication and professionalism and for his integral role in capturing the club’s fourth OHL Championship title. Good luck to Jake and his family as they begin an exciting opportunity with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
For more information visit capebretoneagles.com.